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  1. I ended up shooting a decent round today after yet another poor start: this time +11 with three 3-putts through five holes. On the sixth hole, I again started a comeback. A huge drive followed by a nice 54-degree wedge shot left me 15ft out. Rolled that in for birdie. I parred the next two holes, only to bogey the easy ninth for 47. I started the back nine with a weird bogey: a topped tee shot, then a hybrid layup that apparently hit a tree and bounced right on top of a rock mound on the right side of the fairway. Took an unplayable, hit one short, then hit another good wedge, this time
  2. I’ve got something really exciting coming up: my birthday, a week from today! Part of my birthday this year, we agreed, will be us going to play a nice course that we’ve never played before, and he said I could pick, but if I couldn’t decide, he had a few courses in mind. I thought of a few courses that I’ve wanted to play for a while: 1) UNC Finley GC 2) Lonnie Poole GC 3) Olde Liberty GC I did my homework on all three, and decided that option number two would be the best bet. So it’s settled, all we’ve gotta do is make the tee time. We’re either gonna play on the Sunday a
  3. That’s not a difficult choice for me. I’d play it safe. Give me fifty shots from that position, and I’d probably get only one through the gap, two if I get really lucky. On a normal day, short irons and wedges are my strength. But, because my personal best is an 80, I’d be having a heck of a round, so I’d be even better with the short irons. On a day like that, the worst I’d do is nail it on and two putt for bogey and 80, or, absolute worst-case scenario, double bogey and 81. I’d still be thrilled with an 80 or 81, and I’ll walk off knowing I made the smart choice.
  4. I shot a 42 on the front today despite doubles on the seventh and eighth holes, neither of which is overly difficult (seven is a shortish par 3, eight is a short par 4 but it’s a sharp dogleg left). Started the back with a par, then tripled eleven after hitting one OB off the tee. Then the fun started. On twelve, I chunked my tee shot but still made bogey. On thirteen, par four, I was laying three over the green with a back pin and a green that slopes hard back to front. Never had that shot before, but got down in three for a six. Next hole, I tried to bank my chip into a slope but misse
  5. Here’s the first real post in this newly edited blog. As I’ve mentioned, my brother wants to be on the team with me next semester. He’s taken the initiative to want to practice, and he went by himself yesterday and hit a bucket of balls. From what I’ve heard, he didn’t hit them great, but I’m glad he’s starting to practice. We’ve got a new practice plan that revolves around our school schedule. On days when we’re meeting with teachers via Zoom (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday), we’re going to practice, since neither of us will be done until around 4:00. Wednesday and Friday are play days, a
  6. dagolfer18


    I sure hope not...
  7. Pretty much the same deal for me. From the white tees, the par 5s are fairly short at 478, 442, 444 and 523, but I can only plan on reaching the ninth hole (the second par 5) in two shots because of hazards. I have the distance to reach the other two sub-500 ones, but hazards prevent me from doing so. For those same holes from the reds, the yardages are 345, 372, 397 and 465. I can definitely reach the first three in two shots, and probably the fourth because it plays downhill, so I think playing the par 5s aggressively is a good idea. I don’t think I’d make worse than five on any of them
  8. 2-3-2-2. I rarely have to yell fore, because at my home course, you’d have to miss pretty badly for it to be a danger to other golfers. When I do play with others, I play with golfers of all levels. We have at least one guy on our team per category in the OP. My brother is in the bottom category. He doesn’t technically have a handicap yet, but he’s usually shooting around 50 or 55 for nine holes, so I’d say his handicap is 25 or 30. He doesn’t spray the ball, and nor does anybody else I play with, but he just chunks and tops a lot of shots. Luckily, there’s no hole on my home course wher
  9. I was able to battle back from a really tough start today and shoot 94. I started +13 through just five holes, but finished the front nine par-par-bogey-par to shoot 50 on the front. Then I shot 44 on the back, including a birdie on the par-3 12th after a group let me through, and I also parred the 18th hole, getting up and down. So +13 for the first five holes, and +9 for the last 13. Usually I’d be disappointed with a mid-90s score, but today, a 94 is pretty good.
  10. I’m planning on playing tomorrow, and I may or may not decide to play the front tees, just to do something different. That got me thinking: have you ever played the forward tees at your home course? If so, how was it? What were the major differences between them and the tees you normally play? I’ve played the front tees on a few occasions, all in team practices. We played the back nine from the red tees once my freshman year, and I shot 46. This past season, we played holes 1, 2 and 9 where we played two-man teams, worst shot scramble from the reds. That was one of my favorite things we d
  11. dagolfer18


    Sorry about that! I’m able to take the pictures fine, and they come out like I want them to, but when I try to put it as my avatar, it gets turned over for some reason.
  12. What do you think you would shoot at Augusta from the members tees, which, if I’m not mistaken, measure around 6400 yards? My handicap right now is 15.5. If I played Augusta, I don’t think the length would be much of a problem for me, but the greens probably would. Despite not being cut to Masters pace, I imagine they would be rolling at around 12. Given that, I think I’d be very happy with something around 100-105. A great day might be around 95, but I put the 100-110 option.
  13. My best shot this week is probably my tee shot on the seventh hole on Sunday. It was playing about 130 yards with no wind. I took a PW and sent it right at the flag, where it pitched down seven feet away. Definitely one of my better shots on that hole.
  14. dagolfer18


    I don’t like the fact that people are routinely giving themselves 4- and 5-footers, pace of play aside. I personally believe that unless your chances of winning that particular hole are next to nothing, you should try the putt. I’m a competitive person, so if you have a 3-footer to win the hole, I’m not giving it to you. One of my buddies is a great putter, but I still wouldn’t give it to him.
  15. Scrambles are definitely a blast. I played in one yesterday with some friends, and we had a ton of fun. We all hit a great shot at some point in the round. I enjoy scramble tournaments because you have more opportunities to be aggressive since you have teammates to fall back on if you hit a bad one.
  16. Yesterday was a fundraiser tournament for our golf team. We worked before and after the tournament, from about 9:00 in the morning to about 7:00 at night, tournament started at 1:30. Format was a 4-man scramble, everyone got a red tee and a mulligan. I played with some guys from the team (two of them are low cappers) and we shot a 59 (-13) with eleven birdies and an eagle. We could’ve shot lower too, because one guy almost drove the green on the short sixth hole, but we couldn’t get up and down. On the eighth hole, we couldn’t make a seven footer for birdie with five tries (feeling great over
  17. What’s your usual warm up routine for a round? Is it the same for casual rounds and tournaments, or do you have different routines for each? I have two different routines. I’m usually not big on longer warm-ups, so when I play my own rounds, I’ll get to the course about 20 minutes before my tee time, and I’ll putt for a few minutes. To explain my tournament routine, I’ll assume my tee time is 10:45. In this case, with a 10:45 tee time, I’ll get to the course a few minutes before 10:00. I’ll go up to the pro shop and get a bucket of balls, and I’ll usually spend about half an hour on
  18. The other day I shot a miserable 51-46. Didn’t putt great, with 37 total putts. It could've been worse, because I made four of five six-footers throughout the round. I hit one OB on the first and made an eight, and hit two OB on the fourth and made a 10. I three-putted from six feet for bogey on the ninth, and made back-to-back sevens on the 15th and 16th. Triple-double. I also had someone hit into me on the 13th hole. Not fun. My grandpa and brother came out with me for the front nine, and they both shot 54, not far behind me. Hopefully I can get out on the course this weekend, but the w
  19. Which is exactly what I’ve been trying to tell him all this time!! If he gonna be on the team, he’s gonna have to play tournaments in the summer, by the coach’s request. He hasn’t been listening to me that well. He probably practiced twice all summer, and even that was for only half an hour or so. To his credit though, he came out and played with me today. Scores to come later tonight!
  20. My best shot this week has to be the knockdown 8I I nearly holed on Saturday. Par 5, third shot. I had about 125 to the pin, which would normally be choking down slightly on a 9I for me, but there was a pretty strong headwind, so I figured a 9I would balloon up in the air and fall way short. So I choked down on the 8I. If my normal, fast and hard swing is 100%, I swung at about 75%. I hit it perfectly, and the ball took off at exactly the trajectory I imagined it would, right at the pin. It pitched down about five feet short, bit hard and stopped six inches past the hole. Thing is, I’ve n
  21. I followed up my 91 yesterday with a better round of 87 today. 44 on the front, 43 on the back. I played very steady golf on the front: two doubles, three pars, four bogeys. The back started with a disastrous triple bogey on the tenth, but I rebounded by making par on the next two. +4 for the next three, and I needed two pars to shoot 88. I hit a solid drive and a solid 7I to twenty feet, and drilled the putt for three. Another three on 18 was enough to see me to a 43 on the back and an 87 total. I was missing a lot of two-footers yesterday, and I’m proud to say that I didn’t miss an
  22. I got two new birdies today, on the fourth and fifth holes. The fourth was after I hit a knockdown 8I within a foot, the fifth after I hit a 7I to six feet. That makes 11/18. I’ve yet to birdie holes 2, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 18. I think I can get 2, 7 and 11 before the year’s up. The other four will be tough.
  23. Here’s a new blog post that I’m hoping to keep going. As some of you may know, I have a younger brother (he’s 14 now) who’s shown an increasing amount of interest in golf. He didn’t come to the course much with me in the summer, which I think is mainly because of the heat. He doesn’t like being in the heat for a ton of time or sweating a lot, which I tried to explain to him several times that if he ends up making the team, our coach is gonna want him playing tournaments over the summer.But now that it’s getting cooler, he’s starting to accompany me to the course more. He just played nine
  24. I shot a decent round of 91 today, including a 48 on the back. The back nine started poorly, I pulled myself back together, and I walked to the 18th needing a three for a pre-predicted 88. But I hit two balls in the water and hit my third (fifth) on the green, but a long way from the cup. Staring a quad or worse straight in the face, I confidently rolled that in for a six. A good way to end the round (not the six, but the long putt). My 43 on the front included a three-putt bogey on the easy par-5 ninth, and back-to-back birdies on the fourth and fifth holes, both of which are new ones i
  25. I’d prefer the former. That would bring my bad rounds down to 86 or 87, my good rounds down to around 80, and my great rounds in the mid-high 70s. As for my clubs of choice, I’d go with a 3W, 4H, 7I, 54 degree wedge and putter.
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